Results from May, June, and July broadcasts
Reid’s messages were broadcast in English, Telugu, and Urdu languages, which are widely spoken in the region.
74,310 people contacted the TV station call centers during the May, June, and July broadcasts.
37,570 people have responded to the Gospel message in four months.
Two additional TV broadcast locations in India were added in July.
Satellite broadcasts will continue each week through August.
Please continue to pray for the pastors and faithful volunteers that respond in the Call Center.
In 2020, we may be living in a world-wide pandemic, filled with fear and uncertainty, but one thing is certain: God is faithful and in control. In times like this, we are not able to travel, but God has opened other doors for RSA. Through satellite TV, we can now reach an estimated 800 million people in a short amount of time. This is the modern day fulfillment of Mark 16:15, “Jesus said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all of creation.'” We ask you to pray about this exciting opportunity.
The Gospel message is being broadcast in primetime via satellite television from Pakistan and India to more than 70 countries within the 10-40 window, the most unreached part of the world. Starting with an Easter message in April, and continuing each week through August, Reid’s messages have been televised in English and other translated languages.
Because of the world-wide quarantine, many people are staying in their homes and there is a greater opportunity to reach people with the Good News of Jesus. Local pastors, trained volunteers and counselors have been ready in the call centers to pray with everyone that responds to the message, directing them to home churches and discipleship opportunities in their region.
We are asking people to pray for three things. First, pray that the Spirit of God will prepare people’s hearts to respond to the gospel. Secondly, pray for the churches that will be following up with people that come to Christ. And thirdly, pray for our partnership ministries, that will be helping new believers connect to small groups and house churches in many of these countries.
Reid Saunders Association is pleased to work with Pastor Asher Mansha, a leader of the Christ Holiness Church in Karachi, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, since 2009. His ministry reaches thousands of people through various outreaches, leadership conferences, children’s ministry, women’s conferences, and church planting efforts. He also operates Pakistan’s first Christian TV station, “Shine Star Television”. Their satellite broadcast reaches millions of people in Pakistan and a potential audience of 700 million more people throughout Southern Asia, Northern Africa, and the Middle East.
Hearing about the success of the TV broadcasts in Pakistan, Pastor Francis and his son, Pastor Peter of Shalom Gospel Ministries, contacted RSA about using Reid’s messages for an evangelistic outreach to southern parts of India. Starting in July, they rented time on a local satellite TV station, Prardhana. Before long, they were overwhelmed with call-in responses that pushed them to exhaustion. Realizing their need for help, they have reached out to their fellow pastors and churches in the region to make sure that all new believers are discipled, and connected to local church fellowships.
A recent graduate of Great Harvest Bible College in Chennai, India, Pastor Peter is in his early 20’s and well-versed in using different forms of electronic media to communicate with youth. He started follow-up Bible studies with many of the new believers via Skype. These initial sessions will be based on the Gospel of John, and the Living Water booklets that we give to new believers at festivals. The material has been translated to the Telugu language.
Pastor Sudhakar of Nehemiah Ministries contacted RSA to add additional satellite TV broadcasts through his connection with Rakshana Christian TV station. His first broadcast August 17 to the Andhra Pradesh region was so successful that he had to recruit 14 additional young college students to follow-up with people that responded to the Gospel. His wife started a women’s group to care for the female callers. His plan in September is to reach parts of northern India and Bangladesh with the Good News.
In the first century, it is believed that the Apostle Thomas went to Pakistan (India at that time) bringing the Good News of Jesus, and founding Christian churches throughout the region. The archaeological department of Pakistan recently discovered a large stone cross in northern Pakistan near Afghanistan border. Today, there are 210 million Muslims (over 96% of the population) living in Pakistan.
List of countries reached by satellite broadcast
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